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My Favorite FYP Texts: Section Three

My Favorite FYP Texts: Section Three


Hi everyone! It is FYP student James
Ersil here with the third video in my series about my favorite FYP texts.
If you haven’t seen the previous videos I encourage you to check them out on our
channel. Section three of FYP is called the Renaissance and Reformation.
Renaissance translated from the French means “rebirth” which was the general mood of this period coming out of the so-called Dark Ages.
So this section spans a lot shorter than the previous two sections – only from 1400 to 1650. Every year in FYP, at least to my knowledge, they do a Shakespeare text and in my year it was The Tempest and that was by far my favorite text from this
section. So The Tempest centers around a magician and his daughter who live on
this very secluded island and the kind of main conflict of the story happens
when a group of sailors shipwreck on this island and they happened to be from
the kingdom where the magician was exiled from. Prospero who is the magician
also has this kind of servant person named Ariel and I definitely saw some
kind of relationship there but maybe that was just me. The Tempest is filled
with a lot of magic, intrigue and as you can probably guess from the way I’ve
been talking about it a lot of possibilities for interpretations. At
first when I read The Tempest I was kind of determined not to like it because it
was already one of my friend’s favorite Shakespeare’s and I didn’t want to
encroach on her Shakespeare territory or something but I really enjoyed it. There
were so many things that I hadn’t thought about before and I had already
seen it in a video game I liked called Life is Strange and it was really
interesting. And there were so many diverse characters that kind of gave you
lots of different stories to look at and there was a weird sexual tension chess
game and it was just a really a really interesting look at the human condition
that Shakespeare gave us. So that’s really why I liked The Tempest and I
encouraged people to talk about their favorite Shakespeare’s – and I hope that
you guys stay tuned for the rest of the videos in this series. And thanks so much
for watching.

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